L3T4, Lyt-2 and the T-cell receptor for antigen are cell-surface molecules involved in antigen specific T cell activation. We have constructed functional murine cytolytic-helper T-cell hybrid clones to study the link between expression of cell-surface molecules and specific cell function. Three of the clones express two antigen receptors and both Lyt-2 and L3T4, normally expressed on mutually exclusive subsets of mature T lymphocytes. The pattern of lymphokines produced by the hybrid cells in response to antigen was not controlled by the specific antigen receptor; both T-cell growth factor, produced only by the helper T-cell partner, and gamma-interferon, produced only by the cytolytic T-cell partner, were secreted when either antigen receptor was stimulated. However, cytolytic activity appeared to be restricted to the recognition of antigen by the T-cell receptor of the cytolytic partner. Thus cytolysis appears to be rightly linked to the antigen receptor of the cytolytic parent but lymphokine release is not tightly linked.